The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation submitted comments opposing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's proposed rule mandating the use of electronic on-board recorders.

"Many of our member companies have already installed EOBRs in their fleets and enjoy the benefits of the technology, including enhanced recordkeeping and other fleet management tools," said the associations. "However, the industry's opposition to the proposed rule centers on the fact that when properly administered, the existing paper log system allows motor carriers to comply with current hours of service regulations. In addition, the mandatory use of electronic systems adds an unnecessary expense to the costs of fleet operations."  


The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 1, 2011.